Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture


Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is one of the fastest growing trees in the Pacific Northwest and the world. Mature trees have been known to grow 300 feet tall and 15 feet in diameter. Their range extends along the Pacific Coast and a few miles inland where they thrive in cool, foggy conditions and provide cover for deer and elk and nesting and roosting habitat for birds. Sitka spruce are richly textured with stiff, sharp needles that liken themselves to cactus spines when touched.  According to “Trees to know in Oregon” (Jensen 2010), spruce wood is strong for its weight and used to make ladders, aircraft shells, garage doors, pianos and violins.  What an amazing, versatile tree!

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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6 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

  1. Wonderful photo, Tyler, and great information! Thanks for teaching me something new today. Hope all is well with you- WG

  2. colonialist says:

    Great textures and contrast. An amazing tree, indeed, and applauded by me by having in its ladder of success a contribution to musical instruments.

  3. Love the contrast in textures; especially like the snakeskin texture of the tree trunk, very appealing.

  4. Just Jude says:

    Pacific Northwest “cool” and “Foggy” better the trees than me. Wonderful photo and write up. Thanks so much! I look forward to a lot more reading..

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